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Dr. Akagi (1998)

Kanzô sensei (original title)
At the end of WWII, Japanese doctor Akagi searches for the cure for hepatitis in the prisoner-of-war camp.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Emoto ...
Dr. Fûu Akagi
Kumiko Asô ...
Sonoko Mannami
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Pete
Tomorowo Taguchi ...
Nosaka
Kazuhiko Kanayama ...
Sakashita
Shinya Yamamoto
Ben Hiura
Ichirô Ogura
Hatsuo Yamaya
Masa Yamada ...
Masuyo
Yukiya Kitamura ...
Sankichi
Gorô Tarumi
Kôichi Koshimura
Kaoru Mizuki
Sanshô Shinsui
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Dr. Akagi, a rural physician in Japan during WWII, wages a one-man crusade against hepetitis, earning him a reputation as "Dr. Liver." But his fanatic campaign brings him into disfavor with the Japanese army, and as the war seems more and more hopeless for the Japanese, Dr. Akagi finds himself increasingly a scapegoat. Written by Mike Myers <mikecmyers@hotmail.com>

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$71,832 (USA) (23 April 1999)
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a little uneven but fascinating film
24 March 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film gives a fascinating look at life in Japan in the last months of WWII. Dr. Akagi brings a sense of humanity and compassion in an otherwise tired and spiritually bankrupt country. So, while the people are either giving up or shouting jingoistic sayings and insisting the war is NOT lost, he just goes about his job saving lives and crusading within the government for more attention and funding for the Hepatitis outbreak. Throughout the film he is tireless and decent. However, along the way, there are a lot of detours and other characters--some that work and some that tend to distract (such as the scene involving the prostitute and the whale)--taking this movie from a score of 8 or 9 and dropping it to 7. Nevertheless, it's still an excellent film and well worth your time--giving unusual historical insights.

PS--an excellent companion film to this would be FIRES ON THE PLAIN (1959). This film shows Japanese soldiers in the Phillipines just before the country falls to the Americans. It shows the end of the war through the viewpoint of very tired, hungry and broken soldiers.


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